Window Film 101

Some people are window film experts. Many more, however, don’t know much about what window film does and how it can impact your home. While many people think window tinting is only for souped up trucks on monster wheels, window film can and often is used on residential homes. If you aren’t familiar with the benefits of installing window film in your home, we might have a few solutions for your.

Window Film Can Protect Your Home Without Darkening It

Typically, with glass windows, the only way to prevent the fading and bleaching that occurs due to solar exposure is to invest in window treatments. Curtains and blinds will reduce and slow the color fading associated with sunlight, but they also darken your interior spaces. Most window films substantially reduce UV light coming into your home, which is the biggest source of fading and bleaching. While it is impossible to completely eliminate color fading and bleaching due to sunlight, window films can substantially reduce it and extend the life of your possessions, from sofas to carpets.

Of course, the most effective window films do require some darkening of the interior space, but there are a broad range of tones and tints available. Window films are far more advanced than they were even a few years ago. You can likely block out as much as 99 percent of UV light and 50 percent of visible light without noticeable darkening your rooms. Each home is different, however, so your best way to obtain exact figures on light loss and UV protection is to have a window film professional inspect your home and suggest a course of action.

Window Films Make Your Home Safer and Stronger

Your windows are often a point of egress for criminals with ill intentions and a risk to your family during natural disasters. Broken glass can cause serious, even fatal injuries. Believe it or not, installing window film around your home can improve the structural integrity of your windows. All window films, even those intended to keep out UV rays, can help strengthen glass surfaces. These films can keep a broken pane of glass intact during an impact. They reduce the likelihood of broken glass flying into your home and injuring someone.

Additionally, there are safety films that can help reduce the risk of burglaries and other criminal incursions into your home. These thicker films can help reduce UV exposure while simultaneously reducing the risk of a break-in. Safety films will hold the glass together, even after it has been struck with an object or in some cases, shot with a gun. This additional integrity can prevent thieves or other criminals from gaining access to your home.

Window Films Can Reduce Your Heating and Cooling Costs

Windows are often a big source of thermal loss in your home. When your home is hotter or cooler than the surrounding environment, your windows let heat in or out. You have to spend more energy and money to maintain a steady temperature in your home. When you install the right kind of window films, the films can help prevent heat from entering or leaving via the glass of the window. That can reduce your overall thermal loss and decrease your power use and energy bills.

Window films can offer a lot of benefits, from improved security and privacy to better safety during emergency situations. They are a cost effective solution to a host of common household issues. Additionally, investing in window film for your windows and glass doors can help improve the overall value of your home. If you’d like to install window film in your home, contact Brower Tinting and Graphics today!

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